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From the Mailbag - What to eat before a workout?
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I hear this question all the time. And the answer seems to be different for everyone. Here's a recent note from Michelle Z:
Subject: Question about eating prior to a workout
Hi Cheryl -
I have a problem that makes it hard for me to go back the gym. First of all, I am a 28 year old female, 5'8", currently weigh 234 lbs. I've worked out after eating, small or large meal, and i've worked out without having eaten for hours.
My problem is, no matter what I do, something happens halfway through the workout where I'll start to feel extremely sick to my stomach, I'll get shaky and feel like I'm going to throw up. I've tried to eat something an hour before (like a fiber bar and fruit or a small meal like pasta). While it doesn't happen every single time, I would say that it occurs about 80% of the time. I haven't gone back b/c the last time I did, I did get sick and it's embarassing.
What is your advice on eating prior to a workout? How soon should you eat? How much and what foods are the best? I don't do a heavy workout. I use the Elliptical (I have a bad hip so it's easier on my joint), and I like using the weight machines. I don't run (I'm not supposed to due to my hip dysplasia). I appreciate any input you have on the subject. It's something that I have a hard time find the best answer to. Thanks and congratulations on a wonderful show! I watch every week.
I do not have a degree in exercise physiology or sports nutrition so I forwarded your question to someone with appropriate credentials in The Biggest Loser Club. Here's a reply from Michael Scholtz, personal trainer from BiggestLoserClub.com. Michael Scholtz has an MA in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the American Council on Exercise.
Cheryl Forberg RD
Nutritionist, NBC's The Biggest Loser
Like to read Michael's answer, go to Cheryl's Blog